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All our faculty are research-active and work with PhD students. Our joint expertise spans modeling, optimization, data analysis, prediction and prescription, and empirical research methods. We have published scholarly articles in, and serve on the editorial boards of, leading journals, such as Management Science , Manufacturing & Service Operations Management , Mathematics of Operations Research , and Operations Research . Our work has also appeared in practitioner-oriented articles, such as Harvard Business Review and Supply Chain Management. Individual faculty have also taken on leadership roles in professional organizations, such as the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society and the Applied Probability Society. Our faculty have also written three textbooks on operations management, supply chain management, and operations strategy that are used in universities around the world.
What We Are Looking for in Applicants
Our current PhD students come from the fields of engineering, computer science, mathematics, operations research and statistics. A master’s degree is not required, but about half of our matriculating students do have a graduate degree. Strong quantitative skills are needed for the type of research our students do. Recommended coursework includes calculus, linear algebra, optimization, probability and statistics. Our training and coursework are grounded in operations research and economics; therefore, an interest in economics is expected. Prior research experience is not required.
In years one and two, students take 3 to 4 courses each quarter (fall, winter, spring). The first-year curriculum allows students to build a solid base in operations research as well as microeconomics, econometrics, stochastic modeling and optimization.
In their second year, course registration is more flexible as students transition from coursework to independent research. These courses include operations management doctoral courses offered that year and courses in other fields, such as economics, engineering, and quantitative marketing, or even an MBA course if relevant.
Students will take a comprehensive preliminary exam at the end of their first year. This oral exam tests students ability to understand material from their first year of study and measures the student’s knowledge of the field as a whole.
Qualifying Exam and Candidacy
At the end of year two, students are required to write a research paper that demonstrates competency in operations research. Upon successfully passing this qualifying exam and maintaining a 3.0 (B) grade point average in coursework, the student is admitted to candidacy.
Research, Proposal & Dissertation
The main activity in the third year and afterward is research toward a thesis, under the direction of one or more faculty advisors. A thesis proposal must be presented to the department by the end of year three, prior to the beginning of fall classes. In their final year in the program, each candidate must complete a dissertation demonstrating original and significant research and pass a final oral examination on the dissertation.
To promote engagement with faculty and integration with the intellectual life of the department, students serve as research and teaching assistants during years two, three, and four, including summers. Research assistantships (RAs) are an excellent lead-in to research; teaching assistantships (TAs) prepare students for teaching after obtaining the PhD.
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Curriculum & coursework.
Our programs are full-time degree programs which officially begin in August. Students are expected to complete their program in five years. Students typically spend their first two years on course work, at the end of which they take a field exam, and then another three years on dissertation research and writing.
The program requires a minimum of 13 semester long doctoral courses. Students in the Technology & Operations Management program complete courses in the areas of business management theory, economic theory, quantitative research methods, academic field seminars, and two MBA elective curriculum courses. In addition to HBS courses, students may take courses at other Harvard Schools and MIT.
Research & Dissertation
Students in TOM often begin research in the summer preceding their first year by working with a TOM faculty member. Over the first two years in the program, students are encouraged to explore their research interests as they complete relevant coursework. During their third year, students begin working on their dissertation research, typically developing three publishable papers by the end of the program.
Examples of doctoral thesis topics include: Examining how employee non-compete agreements affect entrepreneurship and job mobility; Improving retailers' sales forecasting using cost-of-sales, inventory levels, and gross margins; How familiarity among team members fosters organizational capabilities among teams; The implications of operations management for investors; and How firms influence service quality, and how service quality affects performance.
“ My professors are incredibly generous with their time, and the other members of my cohort are consistently engaged and curious. ”
Current HBS Faculty
- Elizabeth J. Altman
- Omar I. Asensio
- Iavor I. Bojinov
- Ryan W. Buell
- Prithwiraj Choudhury
- Thomas R. Eisenmann
- Chiara Farronato
- Kris Johnson Ferreira
- Frances X. Frei
- Shane M. Greenstein
- Janice H. Hammond
- Robert S. Huckman
- Marco Iansiti
- Rebecca A. Karp
- Michelle A. Kinch
- Karim R. Lakhani
- Himabindu Lakkaraju
- Jacqueline Ng Lane
- Josh Lerner
- Michael Lingzhi Li
- Alan D. MacCormack
- Rory M. McDonald
- Edward McFowland III
- Antonio Moreno
- Kyle R. Myers
- Frank Nagle
- Elisabeth C. Paulson
- Gary P. Pisano
- Ananth Raman
- Maria P. Roche
- William A. Sahlman
- Willy C. Shih
- Ariel D. Stern
- Stefan H. Thomke
- Michael W. Toffel
- Sara M. Torti
- Peter Tufano
Current Technology & Operations Management Students
- Maya Balakrishnan
- Justine Boudou
- Bonnie Cao
- Matthew DosSantos DiSorbo
- Natalie Epstein
- Jeffrey Fossett
- Paul Hamilton
- 'Leke Jegede
- Caleb Kwon
- Omar Olivarez
- Paige Tsai
- Daniel Yue
- Miaomiao Zhang
Current HBS Faculty & Students by Interest
Recent placement, ryan allen, 2023, raha imanirad, 2020, karthik balasubramanian, 2018, tommy pan fang, 2022, michelle shell, 2020, maria ibanez, 2018, grace gu, 2020, ohchan kwon, 2019.
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Doctoral Program in Operations Management
Graduate and Professional Admissions | PhD Application Requirements
The Operations and Business Analytics Department at the Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business prides itself on the development of leading scholars in the field of operations management. The PhD program offered through this department is one of the oldest programs in the world and has produced several eminent scholars in the discipline. A major strength of this program is the consistency of placement of the graduating students in top research schools and high research productivity.
Like our faculty , many alumni have had very productive research careers, publishing regularly in top-tier journals, holding editorial and leadership positions at top journals, and earning fellowships at the most prestigious societies in our field. Several of them have gone to serve as administrators and deans in their institutions.
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A key component of our success is our long-standing reputation as producers of rigorous problem-driven empirical research aimed at generating insights, often by working directly with industries and organizations.
Our Ph.D. program is designed to provide our students with the capabilities and motivation to publish in leading academic and practitioner journals for years to come, not just earning jobs at top research schools but earning tenure at them as well. As such, we place a strong emphasis not only on research methods but also on learning directly from our productive faculty regarding the art and science of research.
The department also works closely with industry-academic centers, such as our own department’s Center for Operational Excellence , the Risk Institute and the National Center for the Middle Market , to form strong collaborations with well-known organizations within and outside Ohio. Our faculty also partner with several leading organizations both within and outside Ohio to conduct grounded research.
While our focus is on empirical research, we do believe that all faculty performing research in OM need to have some understanding of operations research methods. As such, our program includes some exposure to analytical methods. Students wishing to pursue mathematical modeling approaches to their research may receive training not only from our faculty that do perform such research, but also from other departments across campus.
Current Academic Year PhD Course Offerings
For inquiries about the content of the program, contact the departmental Ph.D. program chair: Nathan Craig , at [email protected] .
To begin the application process to the operations management Ph.D. program, please visit the PhD Programs page (apply at the “application requirements” link). Applications open in August 3, and close January 1. Please see Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs ) for additional details.
To view the Curriculum and Program Requirements, please click here .
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A doctoral degree in operations management from the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business uniquely positions a Ph.D. graduate with the experience and expertise needed to achieve an outstanding academic career. We are a top-ranked program with an exceptional record of research publications and an excellent history of Ph.D. student placement.
Our sizable faculty are prominent scholars dedicated to educating the next generation of researchers and educators on a broad set of topics. Particular areas in which we conduct pioneering research include empirical analysis of supply chain performance, innovation and technology management, and sustainable operations. Beyond holding key editorial positions in leading operations management journals, our faculty excel at applying their research to impact industry and practice.
Our Ph.D. curriculum distinguishes us from other doctoral programs in operations management in several ways.
- First, we exploit the substantial size of our faculty by offering unparalleled breadth and depth in operations management Ph.D. seminars (at least four topics are covered each year).
- Second, we strongly endorse diverse research methods including modeling, empirical, and behavioral laboratory experiments to address different managerial challenges in operations management. Rigorous training on a variety of operations research methods is obtained from ISyE (ranked No.1 industrial engineering program in the world).
- Additionally, we leverage the expertise of other Georgia Tech faculty offering courses on a wide spectrum of empirical and behavioral methods.
Facilitating Ph.D. Student Potential
Ph.D. students are immersed in research starting in the first year of the doctoral program, enabling them to quickly reach their full potential as academic scholars. We leverage each Ph.D. student’s background and skills based on their prior work experience and academic training.
Our culture embodies freedom and flexibility for students to select their research topics and advisors. To ensure focus and forward momentum, faculty engage with Ph.D. students on goal setting and provide clear direction for students to attain those goals.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, we offer teaching effectiveness seminars. Ph.D. students are provided funding to attend conferences and workshops and funding is guaranteed for five years (subject to a student remaining in good standing).
Our Vibrant Community
The operations management Ph.D. program is a close-knit group that invests in community building and professional development. Ph.D. students thrive in the vibrant social and cultural communities at Georgia Tech and the Atlanta metropolitan area. Additionally, Georgia Tech has a large and diverse graduate student community. Atlanta has a very favorable cost of living compared to many other large metropolitan areas.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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We welcome Ph.D. students from diverse backgrounds and career stages. Recent Ph.D. students have benefited from their work experience in consulting, manufacturing, engineering, product development, and the military. Additionally, Ph.D. students who enter the program without prior work experience have leveraged the industry experience and connections provided by our faculty. Some of our Ph.D. graduates, their current academic positions, and interests include the following.
- Vishal Agrawal, Ph.D. '10, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where his areas of expertise include managerial challenges at the interface of business and the environment, as well as the effect of consumer behavior on operations and new product development
- Jennifer Bailey, Ph.D. '13, Assistant Professor at Babson College, where her areas of expertise include how innovative and entrepreneurial firms manage risk and uncertainty
- Marcus Bellamy , Ph.D. '15, Assistant Professor at Boston University, where his areas of expertise include empirical examination of supply chain management and innovation as well as supply network risk, network analytics, and visualization
- Ioannis Bellos , Ph.D. '12, Assistant Professor at George Mason University, where his areas of expertise are sustainable operations, service design, and innovation in business models
- Janice Carrillo , Ph.D. '97, PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor at the Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, where her areas of expertise include new product and process development, innovation, sustainability, and technology management.
- Raul Chao, Ph.D. '07, Associate Professor at the Darden School, University of Virginia, where his areas of expertise include organization design and incentives in innovation, NPD and R&D.
- Sanjeev Erat , Ph.D. '06, Associate Professor at University of California - San Diego, where his areas of expertise are co-development and licensing in new product development and technology management.
- Wayne Fu , Ph.D. '17, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where his areas of expertise include supply chain management and sustainable operations.
- Jeremy Hutchison-Krupat , Ph.D. '11, Assistant Professor at the Darden School, University of Virginia, where his areas of expertise include the effective implementation of a firm's innovation strategy .
- Ximin (Natalie) Huang , Ph.D. '16, Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, where her areas of expertise include supply chain management and sustainable operations.
- Brian Jacobs , Ph.D. '09, Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where his areas of expertise include sustainability and environmental operations, financial/market value of operations strategies, and process improvement strategies.
- JJ Kovach , Ph.D. '14, Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University, where his areas of expertise include innovation, environmental operations, and operations strategy.
- Jaeseok Lee , Ph.D. under completion, Assistant Professor at University of Auckland (New Zealand), where his area of expertise is knowledge outsourcing and knowledge competition.
- Nektarios Oraiopoulos , Ph.D. '09, University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Judge Business School, Cambridge University, where his areas of expertise include group decision-making and collaboration in technology, and R&D management.
- Gulru Ozkan-Seely , Ph.D. '08, Assistant Professor at University of Washington-Bothell, where her area of expertise includes knowledge management, competition, and new product development.
- Carrie Queenan , Ph.D. '07, Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina, where her area of expertise is health care operations and the use of technical systems to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
- Narendra Singh , Ph.D. '15, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business, where his areas of expertise include new product development and sustainability.
- Wenli Xiao , Ph.D. '12, Assistant Professor at University of San Diego, where her areas of expertise include knowledge management, new product development, sustainability, and manufacturing outsourcing.
Research Areas of Excellence
Empirical Analysis of Supply Chain Performance
Specific topics include contracts and global outsourcing; managing risk and failure; alliances; revenue management. Faculty who most contribute to this area include Soumen Ghosh, Manpreet Hora, and Vinod Singhal.
Innovation and Technology Management
Specific topics include new product development; collaboration and teamwork; entrepreneurship. Faculty who most contribute to this area include Cheryl Gaimon, Karthik Ramachandran, and Morvarid Rahmani.
Specific topics include closed-loop supply chain management, corporate sustainability, and environmental legislation. Faculty who most contribute to this area of research include Ravi Subramanian, Basak Kalkanci, and Beril Toktay.
Faculty Editorial Positions
Current department editorships.
- Beril Toktay (Environment, Energy and Sustainability Department)
- Cheryl Gaimon (Management of Technology Department)
- Vinod Singhal (Supply Chain Management Department)
- Ravi Subramanian (Sustainable Operations Department)
Current Associate (Senior) Editorships
- Cheryl Gaimon (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department)
- Vinod Singhal (Operations Management Department)
- Soumen Ghosh (Empirical Research Department)
- Manpreet Hora (Management of Technology Department; Supply Chain Management Department)
- Karthik Ramachandran (Management of Technology Department)
Honors, Awards, and Professional Society Positions
- Scheller College of Business’ Ashford Watson Stalnaker Memorial Award for Ph.D. Student Excellence
- Best Paper Award, Product Development and Management Association Annual Conference
- Best Dissertation Award Finalist: “Synchronizing Exploration and Exploitation: Knowledge Creation Challenges in Innovation,” Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
- Best Student Paper Award, Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, Florida
- Best Student Paper Award at International Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference, Bali, Indonesia
- Young Researcher Prize, Runner Up (Second Place) for the "The Potential of Servicizing as a Green Business Model,'' Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment Section, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
Janice Carrillo (Ph.D.)
- Intel Ph.D. Student Fellowship
- Best Student Paper Award, Portland International Conference on Management and Engineering Technology
- Brady Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence
- University Faculty Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor, Georgia Tech
- Distinguished Fellow, Production and Operations Management Society
- President, Production and Operations Management Society
- Distinguished Fellow, Decision Sciences Institute
- Brady Family Award for Faculty Teaching Effectiveness
- Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teaching Award
- Undergraduate Elective Professor of the Year Award and Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award
- Division Chair Elect, Academy of Management Operations and Supply Chain Management Division
- Ashford Watson Stalkner Memorial Prize, Georgia Tech
- Runner-up, Sustainable Operations Student Paper Competition, Production and Operations Management Society
- Georgia Power Professor of Excellence
- Treasurer, Behavioral Operations Section, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
- Chan Hahn Best Paper Award, Operations Management Division, Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, Florida
- Finalist Best Student Paper Competition, “Sales Force Compensation for Remanufactured Products,” Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment Section, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
Carrie Queenan (Ph.D.)
- POMS College of Service Operations Most Influential Paper Award
- Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability
- Brady Family Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence
- James F. Frazier, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence
- Outstanding MBA Core Professor of the Year Award
- Best Paper Competition Winner, Public Sector Operations Research Section, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
- Ernest Scheller Jr. Award for Service Excellence
- Women of Distinction Award, Georgia Tech
- Management Science Best Paper in Operations Management
- Distinguished Fellow, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Institute of Operations Research and Management Science
- President, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society
- Treasurer, Production and Operations Management Society
Murat Unal (Ph.D.)
- One of the two finalists, POMS College of Product Innovation and Technology Management 2017 Student Paper Competition, "Help or hindrance? The role of familiarity in collaborative product development"
Faculty Academic, Industry, and Media Recognition
- Keynote Plenary, 4th International Conference of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China
- “ Brand Recovering Consumer Confidence "
- “ Shortening the Time Line for a Recall ”
- “ Customer Service Gets the B-School Treatment ”
- " The Greening of the Supply Chain "
- "Supply Chain News: CSCMP 2012 Full Review and Comment " Dan Gilmore (10-5-12)
- Keynote Plenary, 30th National Congress on Operational Research and Industrial Engineering, Sabanci University, Turkey
- Keynote Plenary, Electronic News, Seoul, Korea
- Keynote Plenary, 3rd International Conference in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Wuhan, China
- Keynote Plenary, Symposium on Innovations and Sustainability, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
- Based on the Supply Chain Management Journal List ranking of journals that are primarily analytically-focused, Georgia Institute of Technology is ranked No. 6 worldwide.
- Based on the U.S. News & World Report MBA rankings , the Scheller College of Business has been ranked No. 6 in production/operations.
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